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by Jerome Princy (2019-12-16)


Working with wood involves Ultimate Small Shop Review sharp tools trying to cut a hard material into small pieces and then putting them back together in specified patterns. By its very nature, be it cabinet making, instrument building, wood turning or other woodworking it is inherently dangerous. Four areas of safety need to be kept in mind at all times. First woodworkers need to take care of their hands. These are the first areas of the body that come near cutting edges. Generally if these are cared for the other areas of the body are kept out of reach of sharp tools. Particular attention should be paid to the table saw, radial arm saw and band saw. Guards are made for a reason and need to be used. One of the most common problems with these saws are they are often used for repetitive cuts and the action becomes almost hypnotic. Simply taking a break every five or ten cuts can make a world of difference. There is also the difficulty that familiarity may not breed contempt but it can breed complacency that allows accidents to happen. It needs to be remembered that a tool that cuts wood easily cuts flesh. Second is the danger that woodworking tools and power tools in particular present to the face. Most power tools can throw wood chips, shavings and sometimes whole pieces of wood at incredible velocities. What can cause significant bruising to many parts of the body can cause greater damage to the face which seldom has the protection of clothing that the rest of the body may have. It is important to wear safety glasses at all times when using power tools. While breaks and cuts heal fairly easily, a lost eye is a lost eye. In the case of the wood lathe in particular a polycarbonate face mask should be worn. Wood lathes spin wood at high speeds and it can come loose, release large fragments or even disintegrate. Third is the lungs. Wood dust is a respiratory hazard that is easily controlled but many woodworkers fail to use dust masks. One that is rated n95 to remove very small dust particles should be worn during cutting and sanding. Even better is a respirator rated n95 as well and also able to remove chemical fumes and vapors. All that is needed is to get one that is comfortable to wear and has a good seal plus it is needed to be worn. Dust collectors are a great help as well. It should also be remembered that dust and shavings are not only hazardous to the lungs but they can be slippery on the floor and cleaning them is a great safety precaution.

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